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Ex-Boyfriend Charged with Murder in Romeoville Teen's Death

Erick Maya. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
Erick Maya. Credit: Will County Sheriff's Office
A 23-year-old Cicero man is now charged with murder in the death of a Romeoville teenager.

Erick Maya, of the 5600 block of Central Park Avenue, is also charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon in the Feb. 13 crime.

The murder charge was added after the death of 15-year-old Romeoville High School freshman Briana Valle, who died days after she and her mother were shot as they sat in a vehicle outside their home in the 300 block of Emery Avenue.

Police allege that Maya walked up to the passenger side of the vehicle, shooting Valle twice in the head at point-blank range. He then shot her mother, 33, once in the neck. The mother reportedly remains in good condition at Loyola University Medical Center.

Police said Maya was a former boyfriend of the murdered teen. Court records show that in December, the teen's mother took out an emergency order of protection against Maya in Will County.


Maya appeared in court via closed-circuit video Tuesday, pleading not guilty to all charges. He remains in custody at the Will County jail on $5 million bond.

Maya's next court date is a March 11 preliminary hearing.

Fundraiser in the works

A GoFundMe account has been established for the family of the teen and her mother, and a fundraiser event is in the planning stages.

Anna Little-Maloney, who launched the GoFundMe site, said donations including gift cards (grocery stores, gas stations, etc.) are also being collected for the family at Brother's Home Plate, 203 W. Romeo Rd. in Romeoville.

Donors can also contact Little-Maloney at 815-219-6870.

Businesses and individuals willing to donate auction items for the fundraiser event should contact Romeoville resident Petra Burgess at 815-372-9260.

Check back with Patch for details on the fundraiser.

Vivian Zigmont Benner February 19, 2014 at 01:09 PM
I believe in a eye for a eye, he should be put to death, why waste the tax payers money, do it now !
Malenie Lopez-Mangual February 19, 2014 at 02:10 PM
God be with the Family and give them strength. Justice will be served, God has the last WORD.
Child of GOD February 19, 2014 at 04:31 PM
Yes HE does, we will all stand before the Lord at Judgment.
lyndia February 20, 2014 at 08:00 PM
He is going to get everything he deserves in prison.
Teresa S February 21, 2014 at 04:57 PM
YES I agree to bad the Death Penalty is no longer an option, the first individuals I would say put to death are Alisa Massaro, Adam Landerman, Joshua Miner, and Bethany McKee who killed Eric Glover and Terrence Rankin and are still sitting at Will County Adult Detention a whole year later. I totally understand how upsetting it is for taxpayers. As far as this 23 year old who killed this 15 year old young girl is really sad. He had no business being with a 15 year old, our justice system needs to do something else to protect individuals a piece of paper is not going to stop an individual wanting to hurt the people that file an ORDER OF PROTECTION. My prayers go out to the family and friends of this young girl.

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